HIST-193 : History of US-Mexico Borderlands in Perspective (formerly HI-193 Introduction to the History of Borderlands)
Course, prefix, number, & title: HIST-193 History of US-Mexico Borderlands in Perspective (formerly HI-193 Introduction to the History of Borderlands)
Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3
Pre-requisites (if any): ENGL-101
Co-requisites (if any): ENGL-101
Course Description in college catalog:
Borderlands are areas where nation states meet one another. There are many borderlands the world over, and many of them share similar problems and challenges for their respective governments. Since they are all by definition frontier zones and they often elude state surveillance, such highly diverse actors as cattle rustlers, Indians, runaway slaves, grasping caudillos, and drug runners appear often in borderlands histories. In this class, we will compare the history of borderlands across Latin America and pay particular attention to the U.S.-Mexico border. Through examining secondary texts, official government documents, and even the songs and stories authored by border people themselves, we will unravel the immensely complicated and troubled history of these borderlands.
Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:
General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.
Communicate effectively in various forms
Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
Course-specific student learning outcomes:
1. Students will critically evaluate historical evidence related to the evolving relationships among individuals, social groups, political parties, and nation-states inside and outside of the U.S. and how those affected international borders.
a. Differentiate between primary and secondary historical source material.
b. Identify how historical moments shape perspectives.
2. Students will identify and explain the cause and effect relationships surrounding significant moments of historical change along international borders from European contact to the present.
a. Define difference between cause and effect.
b. Identify relationships between specific historical causes and effects.
3. Students will identify and evaluate the major social, cultural, political, and economic causes and effects of significant moments of historical change along the U.S.-Mexico and other borders.
a. Define difference between different kinds of change in society.
b. Provide examples of both change and continuity over time in social, political, economic, and cultural history and its relationship to significant moments of historical change as referenced above.
c. Evaluate different significance of different types of change.
Develop judgment and understanding about human being's relationship to the social, cultural and natural facets of their total environment.
Differentiate and make informed decisions about issues based on multiple value systems by comparing various cultures and their differences and common traits in the historical process
Other program outcomes (if applicable).
Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives
Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:
Exams, Research paper(s) and Quizzes
Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).
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